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  • Long Island Rail Road

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    The Long Island Rail Road , legally known as the Long Island Rail Road Company and often abbreviated as the LIRR, is a commuter rail system in the southeastern part of the U.S. state of New York, stretching from Manhattan to the eastern tip of Suffolk County on Long Island. With an average weekday ridership of 354,800 passengers in 2016, it is the busiest commuter railroad in North America. It is also one of the world's few commuter systems that runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, year-round. It is publicly owned by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which refers to it as MTA Long Island Rail Road. The LIRR logo combines the circular MTA logo with the text Long Island Rail Road, and appears on the sides of trains. The LIRR is one of two commuter rail systems owned by the MTA, the other being the Metro-North Railroad. Established in 1834 and having operated continuously since then, it is the second-oldest US railroad still operating under its original name and charter. There are 124 stations and more than of track on its two lines to the two forks of the island and eight major branches, with the passenger railroad system totaling of route. , the LIRR's budgetary burden for expenditures was $1.6 billion, which it supports through the collection of taxes and fees.

  • East Side Access

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    East Side Access is a public works project under construction by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in New York City, which will extend the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) from its Main Line in Queens into a new station under Grand Central Terminal on Manhattan's East Side. The new station and tunnels are tentatively scheduled to start service in December 2022. East Side Access is based on transit plans from the 1950s, though a terminal on Manhattan's East Side was first proposed in 1963. The planned LIRR line was included in the Program for Action, which was published in 1968 and called for numerous transit improvements in the New York City area. Budgetary constraints prevented the construction of any part of the connection other than the 63rd Street Tunnel under the East River. Plans for the LIRR connection were revived in the late 1990s. After the project received federal funding in 2006, construction commenced in 2007. The tunnels on the Manhattan side were dug from 2007 to 2011, and the connecting tunnels on the Queens side was dug up until 2012.

  • Main Line (Long Island Rail Road)

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    The Main Line is a rail line owned and operated by the Long Island Rail Road in the U.S. state of New York. It begins as a two-track line at the Long Island City station in Long Island City, Queens, and runs along the middle of Long Island about 95 miles (153 km) to the Greenport station in Greenport, Suffolk County. A mile east of the Long Island City station (east of Hunterspoint Avenue), the four tracks of the East River Tunnels join the two tracks from Long Island City; most Main Line trains use those tunnels rather than running to or from Long Island City. Continuing east, five branches split from the Main Line.

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